"Formal attention to Russia has been considerably reduced, and this is undoubtedly a good sign," Illarionov believes.
In his words, the forum's agenda no longer includes concerns over a new political or economic crisis in Russia.
"This corresponds to reality because Russia has seen rapid economic growth at the level of 6.5% annually for six years now." "The forum is gradually shifting its attention from possible economic perturbations in Russia, and this makes us part of the countries that are traditionally out of the Davos discussions." Nonetheless, Illarionov did not rule it out that Russia might come under fire in view of the recent Yukos-related developments.
"The more criticism there is, the better. This will make it easier for us to see our mistakes, which is basically the purpose of the forum," he said.